HOUSTON – With roots dating back to the 1930s, the famed Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has welcomed millions from around the world for world-class cowboy and cowgirl action, plus legendary musical entertainment. .
This year’s two-week extravaganza began Feb. 28 at NRG Park, home of the Houston Texans, and runs through March 20.
A partial list of attractions and activities includes:
Barbecue contest; best bites contest; Go Texas Day; parade; overview of the rodeo; hiking, wine exhibition and auction; cattle and horse show; carnival; to eat; purchases; rodeo; wine garden; music and concerts.
Since its debut, this extravaganza has seen an all-star cast light up its concert stages, including such notables as: Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell, Ray Charles, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Merle Haggard, The Jackson 5, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers, Sonny and Cher, Santana, Tanya Tucker, ZZ Top and dozens more.
This year, the program of upcoming concerts includes:
Trip, March 10; Takeover of H-Town by Bun B, March 11; Parker McCollum, March 12; Dierks Bentley, March 13; Sam Hunt, March 14; Gwen Stefani, March 15; Khalid, March 16; Chris Stapleton, March 17; March Mello, March 18; Brad Paisley, March 19; George Strait with special guest Ashley McBryde, March 20.
Visitors can purchase a Grounds Pass to explore NRG Park or purchase a rodeo/concert ticket. Weekday performances begin at 6:45 p.m.; weekend shows begin at 3:45 p.m. Shows begin with a rodeo competition, followed by a concert.
Children 2 and under are admitted free and do not require a ticket. No outside food or drink is permitted – including that purchased from NRG Park – inside NRG Stadium.
Eight miles from NRG Park is Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros baseball team. A variety of options are available for stadium tours.
All tours depart from Union Station, located at the corner of Texas Avenue and Crawford Street.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the start of the selected tour to check in. Latecomers will not be allowed to catch up. No refunds or exchanges for late arrivals or no-shows. Baseball stadium tours are outdoor and walking activities. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable walking shoes.
All routes are ADA accessible; however, please notify the Tours Department in advance of any guests requiring special assistance so that appropriate accommodations can be made. Video and still cameras are allowed; however, tripods and monopods are not permitted. Camera lenses should not exceed 8 inches. Any stops listed are subject to availability and may vary due to games, special events and stadium construction.
Also in the city center is the Children’s Museum of Houston. Established in 1980, the museum serves more than 1.4 million people each year with a variety of exhibits and bilingual learning programs for children up to 12 years old. It is one of 190 children’s museums across the country, including 15 in Texas.
Among the exhibits on display are:
Cyberchase: Described as an extraordinary mathematical adventure.
EcoStation: Native plant garden, solar-powered research lodge, pond habitat and woodland area.
Secret spy game: uncover clues, crack codes and outsmart the bad guys.
Power Science Lab: hands-on experiments for the body and health.
Kid’s Hall: a showcase of cultural and artistic exhibitions from around the world.
Power Play: Explore the science of nutrition, health and exercise.
Kidtropolis: A City for Children; run by children.
Invention Convention: Design and build exciting gadgets and gadgets.
Heart and Seoul: Immerse yourself in South Korean culture.
Flow Works: Examine the forces and properties of water through waves, hydropower and rapids.
Tot Spot: The place where the youngest explorers can play and experiment.